Thursday, February 1, 2018

This Is Radio Clash: International Clash Day 2018

Now, more than ever, the world needs The Clash.
For International Clash Day, KZSC's "Living In The '80s" joins KEXP in highlighting the band’s activism and political messaging on Saturday, February 3rd from 4-6 pm.

Even their band name carries political weight: bassist Paul Simonon was inspired when he noticed the word appearing frequently in the daily newspaper.
A clash between classes, between races, between the police and the people — are we talking about the late ’70s or now?
Frontman Joe Strummer once said, “Punk rock for me was a social movement. We tried to do the things politically we thought were important to our generation and hopefully would inspire another generation to go even further.” 

"Living In The '80s" airs Saturdays 4-6pm on KZSC, Santa Cruz.

Stream The Clash music

International Clash Day on KEXP
Are you ready to Rock the Casbah? KEXP's day of on-air programming for International Clash Day is on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018.

One Friday in February 2013, KEXP Morning Show host John Richards decided that one Clash song wasn’t enough, and so International Clash Day was born.

We also celebrate all of the world governments that have declared International Clash Day an official holiday: The City of Seattle, The State of Washington, The City of San Francisco, The City of Vancouver, BC, The City of Austin, and potentially more on the way!

City of San Francisco Proclamation:

On Feb 8th, 1979 The Clash chose the City of San Francisco
for their second show in the United States and returned to perform in San
Francisco a total of eight different times throughout their career as a band.

Be it resolved that Edwin Lee, Mayor of the City
and County of San Francisco in recognition of their artistic achievements
and socially conscious music do hereby proclaim Feb. 7, 2017 as

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Mark E. Smith: Frontman of British post-punk band the Fall, dead at 60


Mark E. Smith, frontman of the prolific and influential U.K. post-punk band the Fall, died this morning at his home. He was 60.

Smith's passing was announced via a Facebook post from the Fall's manager Pam Vander.

Smith had battled a number of ailments during the past year, including throat, dental and respiratory issues that forced him to cancel U.K. shows in November 2017 and a U.S. tour earlier last year.

Smith formed the Fall in 1976 and was the only constant member in the group, which underwent frequent lineup changes. The band released more than 30 studio albums over the years and scored a few hits on the U.K. indie charts during the early 1980s.

The Fall even broke into the top 40 of the U.K.'s pop singles chart twice, in 1987 with "There's a Ghost in My House" and 1988 with a cover of The Kinks' "Victoria."

The Fall's edgy, guitar-driven sound was highlighted by Smith's nasal, slurred spoke-sung vocals and cryptic lyrics.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Cranberries: Singer Dolores O'Riordan Dead at 46

LONDON (AP) — Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of Irish rock band The Cranberries, died suddenly on Monday. She was 46.

O'Riordan died in London, where she was recording, publicist Lindsey Holmes said.

"No further details are available at this time," Holmes said, adding that the singer's family was "devastated" by the news.

Formed in Limerick, Ireland at the end of the 1980s, The Cranberries became international stars in the 90s with hits including "Zombie" and "Linger" that fused the alternative rock edge with Celtic-infused pop tunefulness.

O'Riordan was The Cranberries' chief lyricist and co-songwriter, and her powerful, sometimes wailing, voice was key to the band's distinctive sound.

The group's 1993 debut album "Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?" sold millions of copies and produced the hit single "Linger."

The follow-up, "No Need to Argue," sold in even greater numbers and contained "Zombie," a howl against Northern Ireland's violent Troubles that topped singles charts in several countries.

The Cranberries released the acoustic album "Something Else" in 2017 and had been due to tour Europe and North America. The tour was cut short because O'Riordan was suffering from back problems.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Tom Bailey: New Single 'Come So Far'

Tom Bailey's fantastic new single entitled 'Come So Far' is available at pledge music as a limited edition 7" coloured vinyl.

You can pre-order your copy at

and watch Tom Bailey as he talks about his new band and his return to the stage after a break of 27 years.

Celebrating David Bowie

Pianist Mike Garson leads a massive concert series of fellow David Bowie band alumni and special guests with the Celebrating David Bowie tour in 2018 at the Regency Ballroom, SF on March 3rd.

Mike Garson
keyboard on Ziggy Stardust tour, contributed to "Aladdin Sane" song, Pin-Ups, Diamond Dogs, Young Americans, Black Tie White Noise, The Buddha of Suburbia, Outside, Earthling, Reality, Hours, A Reality Tour.

Earl Slick
lead guitarist for the Diamond Dogs tour, Young Americans and Station to Station albums, Serious Moonlight Tour, albums Heathen, Reality, A Reality Tour, contributed guitar for The Next Day.

Gerry Leonard
lead guitarist on Heathen, Reality, the live tours and The Next Day (wrote songs "Boss of Me" and "I'll Take You There").

Carmine Rojas
played bass on "Let’s Dance", "China Girl", "Modern Love" and "Blue Jean". Toured on Serious Moonlight and Glass Spider.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Top Ten '80s Band Releases for 2017

1. Depeche Mode - Where's the Revolution 17,495,067 views

2. U2 - You’re The Best Thing About Me 12,969,501 (Rel Sep 27)

3. Michael Jackson - Blood on the Dance Floor X Dangerous 5,039,816

4. Depeche Mode - Cover Me 3,636,974 views

5. Morrissey - Spent the Day in Bed 3,081,727 views

6. U2 - The Blackout 2,847,228 views (rel Nov 13)

7. Depeche Mode - Going Backwards 2,666,525

8. U2 - American Soul 1,431,062 views (rel Nov 20)

9. Gary Numan - My Name Is Ruin 1,133,592

10. Blondie - Long Time 1,132,609 views

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Morrissey: "Spent The Day In Bed" Enters UK Top 40

'Spent the Day in Bed' has climbed 279 places up the UK airplay chart to #34, over the last week (Oct 5th to 11th).
His first UK top 40 since 'I'm throwing my arms around Paris'.

UPDATE 13TH OCTOBER - the song is now in the Airplay Top 30 (at #29)

Morrissey also appeared on "Later... with Jools Holland" on Oct. 3. He did 3 songs including the new single 'Spent the Day in Bed'. The other 2 are 'I wish you lonely' and 'All the young people must fall in love'.

Morrissey has a new upcoming album "Low in High School," his first full-length since 2014, arrives November 17.
Track titles include “The Girl from Tel-Aviv Who Wouldn’t Kneel,” “Who Will Protect Us From the Police?,” and “Israel.”
The new album was produced by Joe Chiccarelli and recorded at La Fabrique Studios in France and Ennio Morricone's Forum Studios in Rome.